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NCJ Number: 158575 Find in a Library
Title: Help for Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse
Author(s): P Brown; E D Jones
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: National Cmtte to Prevent Child Abuse
Chicago, IL 60604
Publication Number: ISBN 0-937906-66-2
Sale Source: National Cmtte to Prevent Child Abuse
200 S Michigan Ave., 17th Fl.
Chicago, IL 60604
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This booklet explains how abuse in a person's childhood can interfere with a healthy adult life and offers suggestions for beginning the recovery process.
Abstract: The adult symptoms of childhood abuse include difficulty in maintaining close personal relationships; a strong desire to live in isolation; physical ailments that persist despite efforts at self-care; feelings of sadness, fear, and anger that are overwhelming; depressions and sleep disorders that interfere with important goals; dependence on alcohol or food; sexual problems; and physical and psychological signs of trauma. Most of these symptoms are due to the disruption of a healthy psychological development. A section on the definitions and impacts of specific types of child abuse focus on emotional maltreatment, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and physical neglect. A section on the healing process advises that recovering from childhood abuse is like the grief process; this process generally has three stages: becoming aware, becoming active, and becoming authentic. Suggestions for how to get help pertain to choosing a therapist and choosing a support group. 11 recommended readings and a list of five organizations and self-help groups
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Adult survivors of child sexual abuse; Child abuse; Child emotional abuse and neglect; Child Sexual Abuse; Psychological victimization effects; Victim counseling
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